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Countdown to Christmas

Recently I told a friend about my list of required holiday viewing. There are certain movies I look forward to watching every Christmas. I don’t think I’m the only person who does this.

The most enduring of Christmas stories came from Charles Dickens. Hardly a year goes by without some new take on A Christmas Carol being produced for television or big screen movie release. This year is no exception. Disney has released a new animated version starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the Ghosts.

Native American Heritage at the Movies

According to another blogger here, November is Native American Heritage Month. I had no idea. I started looking up movies I’d seen that featured Native Americans and was pleasantly surprised to find several of them in our collection. For the most part, I’ve concentrated on movies and television series that feature recent generations of Native Americans and the choices they face.
 

Fathers and Daughters

A friend of mine played a trick on me. I didn’t want to watch the TV series Castle. Just looked too “cute” for me. However, she kept after me and I promised to watch an episode or two. Now one of the things my friend likes about the show is the interaction between the main character, writer Richard Castle, and the female police detective, Kate Beckett. That’s not what hooked me. What got me and made me a fan is the interaction between Richard Castle and his teenage daughter Alexis. I love movies and TV series that show a close, positive father-daughter relationship.

Veterans' Day

Next Wednesday is Veterans’ Day here in the U.S. In Canada and the United Kingdom the day is known as Remembrance Day. Before that, it was Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I.

When I was a child, I remember the Veterans of Foreign Wars selling artificial poppies to commemorate the day. The poppies were small, to be worn on the lapel or like a brooch, as a symbol of remembrance for the service – and sacrifice – of our military.

It's Halloween!

Why do we like to be scared? Do you think it might all go back to that first jack-in-the-box encounter? We turn the crank, the clown jumps out, we get scared, and then we laugh. That little thrill just gets us every time.
When Halloween comes around every year, we start thinking about dressing up in costumes and snacking on tiny boxes of candy and miniature candy bars – and what movies we can watch to scare the daylights out of us! Or make us laugh. Or maybe even make us cry.

I’m sticking with a ghost theme this year, and I’ve divided my viewing into three categories.

Ghosts That Make Me Laugh

Whatever Happened to Theme Songs?

Composer Vic Mizzy died this week at the age of 93. You might ask, “Who’s Vic Mizzy?” Good question. He’s the man responsible for the theme songs of classic sitcoms The Addams Family and Green Acres. Is there a child of the 60s who can’t sing those theme songs?

It's a Small Town After All

I grew up in a town of approximately 2500 people. In fact, there are still about that many people there. Perhaps for that reason, I have an affinity for movies and TV series set in small towns. Occasionally the movies still pop up. But we have fewer and fewer TV shows set in locations outside major cities.

Now I could bounce all over the map and find movies and TV series to fit the criteria. But I’m going to stick close to home and talk about films and series where the action is set in Texas.

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

Time to make a confession, one that will come as no surprise to my family, friends, and co-workers: I love Canada. I do. Have ever since I was a kid and found out that that big area of land above the United States was another, totally different country. What a concept! And then I started reading up on it and learned about the history and Mounties and everything else that makes Canada unique. Later on I met someone from Saskatchewan who became my best friend, so  I’ve had the opportunity to visit there a few times. 

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Does anybody really care? Yes! I do! Because I’m a sucker for time travel stories. Have been since I was a kid. I like watching the time traveler cope with a land in which the familiar is suddenly unfamiliar. And maybe they learn a thing or two along the way.

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I began thinking of some DVDs and videos we have here at the library. We have many Spanish language movies and telenovelas, but I considered the idea of heritage in a slightly different way. I chose some movies that focus on second and third generation Hispanic Americans and their lives and choices. These titles are well worth checking out.

 

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